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Editor, the Advocate:

I believe that the Democrats — Democrats as in the president, the House and Senate, not just Biden – will try to open the borders to any who can walk, wade, or score a plane ticket to come here. That’s number one on my hit parade.

I believe that with the Democrats controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, it will become almost impossible to buy a firearm. First to go will be ugly black rifles and then hand guns —probably semi-automatics first, followed by revolvers. Last to be forbidden will be the really nice hunting rifles from Winchester, Remington and Ruger. Shotguns will probably be sheltered, but perhaps not to be kept in the home. And, those of us who already have guns that were legally purchased and legally owned, will become felons if we keep them without registering them with the government.

I believe that the Democrats will pass laws making homeowners felons if they use deadly force against criminals who enter their homes.

I believe police departments will be defunded. I believe criminals will be seen as simply misunderstood, unfortunate people who don’t deserve to go to prison. As a result, I believe society will become more dangerous because more criminals will be free. Indeed, cops may be disarmed in a Democrat governed America.

I believe that RFID readers will be very common — perhaps at the exits from our neighborhoods so the government will not only know when citizens are on the road, but to tax them for being on the road.

I believe that in a Democrat-governed America, the NSA will enlarge the scope of their invasions into citizens’ privacy — electronic communications, perhaps even voice communications — will be captured by NSA and those communications scanned for certain key words the government will deem subversive or criminal or simply suspect.

If the Democrats gain the White House and both houses of Congress, I believe they’ll try to implement Cortez’s Green New Deal that will kill American industry.

Once the Democrats have their brave new world established, America won’t be able to go back to the Constitutional Republic the Founders gave us for safe keeping. That is part of what I believe the Democrats have planned for America.

Carl Bankston, Victoria

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Virginia Gilstrap

Mr. Bankston, as a moderate Democrat I don't support any of the beliefs outlined in your letter, and I don't personally know any other Democrats who do. We have a two party system that only works if we can find common ground. Demonizing each other and focusing on our extremists gets us nowhere. Believing groups playing on our fears, divides us and strengthens those wanting us weak. Mr. Bankston and others, let's face reality together and make sound public policies. If we don't learn how to do this, we're done for. Deadlocked. Perhaps take a look at the Braver Angels website which encourages real dialogue between people with opposing viewpoints.

Steve Fiedler

lets face reality together. trump's name and behavior is thrown about at most every chance by the left, ms gilstrap does not do so to her credit. the left of course never admits to any democrat pol by name as sharing in any guilt of our fears and division. pelosi 'sets 48 hour deadline' and 'pans republican offer'. trumps behavior and perceived motivation is immediate and endless fodder as if he is the one and only divider. pelosis chronic instransigence is just as divisive as anyone elses. but she is the darling of the left and so proud and smug when she stands up for her side. if you see pelosi and naddler and schuemer or even biden and harris as uniters that is indeed fantasy. and these folks are NOT the extremists mentioned elsewhere in these comments. i think we all have some decent and civil dialogue in this forum but i see little of that in d.c. there is plenty of blame to go around but you would never know that by reading the biased media. trumps removal paramount to the left and when he is gone i spoze the dems in power will make us all stronger and unite us and real dialogue will reemerge. just get trump out so we can all be green new dealed into utopia.

Quincy Thompson

I have a question for Pat, G&J and Mike. With the revelations about Biden and Hunter, NO IT IS NOT RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION, and the COMPLETE lockdown on the press by the Left (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and other press that will not ask any questions, do you still refuse to believe we are in a fight to save our country?

Mary Ann Wenske

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/20/st-louis-couple-who-aimed-guns-protesters-charged-with-felony-weapons-count/ An example for the letter demonstrated: Wacko DA charges the defenders of their home with a felony and the trespassers and vandals go free. Vote Red to stop this lack of law and order.

Mary Ann Wenske

You are exactly right on this one: "I believe that the Democrats will pass laws making homeowners felons if they use deadly force against criminals who enter their homes." Great letter, Mr. Bankston

Tim Foerster

If anyone has doubt about how anti 2nd amendment the Democrats are, it will be on page 47 of their platform.

Glenn Wilson

Tim, here it is. All this and defund the police too. Sheer genius.

Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States. Over 100,000 people are shot and nearly 40,000 people die annually from guns—devastating countless families, friends, and communities. We can and will make gun violence a thing of the past. Addressing the gun violence crisis requires supporting evidence-based programs that prevent gun deaths from occurring in the first place, including by making mental health care more accessible and supporting suicide reduction initiatives, funding interventions to reduce homicides and gun violence in neighborhoods, and strengthening protections against domestic violence. Democrats will also ensure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have sufficient resources to study gun violence as a public health issue, including the ongoing health care, mental health, economic, and social costs that can affect survivors and their families for years.Democrats will enact universal background checks, end online sales of guns and ammunition,close dangerous loopholes that currently allow stalkers, abusive partners, and some individuals convicted of assault or battery to buy and possess firearms, and adequately fund the federal

background check system. We will close the “Charleston loophole” and prevent individuals who have been convicted of hate crimes from possessing firearms. Democrats will ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We will incentivize states to enact licensing requirements for owning firearms and extreme risk protection order laws that allow courts to temporarily remove guns from the possession of those who are a danger to themselves or others. We will pass legislation requiring that guns be safely stored in homes. And Democrats believe that gun companies should be held responsible for their products, just like any other business, and will prioritize repealing the law that shields gun manufacturers from civil liability.

Glen or Janice Ullman

Tim, I would like to compare platforms but the GOP does not have one? ...Glen

Steve Fiedler

you wont find any of that dnc pg 47 in whatever version the rnc is using

Glen or Janice Ullman

The GOP does not put out a plan, because all they know, is what Trump blurts out next.

Tim Foerster

The RNC is actually using the platform of 2016.

Pat Tally

Maybe you might want to look at what Democrats actually say the plan is for America instead of some weird interpretation by non-Democrats. Just saying.

We had an extremely popular President for 8 yrs and none of those fantasies were proposed. What we care about is education, healthcare and justice for all. Can we have that conversation?

Glen or Janice Ullman

Pat, you can have that conversation with me, and the majority of realistic Americans, across the country. I am afraid, here in Gerrymanderville, we are out numbered by those who fear everything but the real problems....Glen

Steve Fiedler

Ok ms. T let's have that conversation about these 3 core cares. speaking only for myself i have a dozen or so good friends, most all conservative in their politics. we all care about education - we decry the state of education from grade 1 to the universities -faults and injustices abound. we all care about health care, each of us have it in some form. none of us is 'for' injustice upon anyone. but the face of the democratic party has way much more than these 3 cares. do you think mr bankston weirdly fantasized his observations above? within that face, piling on a myriad of other 'cares', is your squad, activists, organizers, kneelers, provokers, impeachers, antigunners, reparationists, rioters, movements, antifazis, maxines, pelosis, accusers, matters, aggressive progressives, redistributors. these people are not fantasizing they are demanding and like it or not are a big part of the conversation. just sayin'...

Quincy Thompson

Spot on Steve, Pat and many moderate Dems may not have realized it yet but the Dem Party has moved Way Way to the Left and possibly left her/them out in La La Land. Even the ideas of the "Divider In Chief" Obama don't seem to fit in the Dem party of today with it's emphasis on Bernie and AOC and The Squad. Do you think Pat and Glen will give their homes up to BLM for reparations when they come for them? I think that is why a reported 15-20% of the crowds at Trump rallies are Dems looking for a new home.

Glenn Wilson

Pat -- "We had an extremely popular President for 8 yrs..." -- Extremely popular with whom? Certainly not both parties no matter to whom you're referring.

Glen or Janice Ullman

C’mon Glenn, surely you realize how much popular Obama was/is over Trump. Remember the popular vote and then the midterms? Trump should have heeded Obama’s parting advice...Glen

Glenn Wilson

Glen, being more popular than Trump does not define an "extremely popular" president, Obama or otherwise. That's setting the bar way too low. I'm not a(n) historian, but I can't think of any past president, except maybe FDR, who was extremely popular with both parties, not just his own.

Glen or Janice Ullman

Glenn, I thought G.W. Bush brought us together after 911, at least to the point that I voted for him. I thought it would have been a bad time switching parties while we were at war. And he was a Texas boy that was truthful. On thing for certain, DT has no intention or ability to bring the country together, and 4 more years of him is unthinkable...Glen

Steve Fiedler

And reparations too. You know the false guilt clever ploy of white privilege has the democrats salivating over all those megabucks that can be redistributed. And how long before land and other property owners will see the confiscatory feds coming to feed the blm demands? You think this is just far fetched paranoia? Hide and watch and dont let em get your ordnance. You think ammo shelves are bare saving up for future target practice?

Steve Fiedler

To the ullmans. A trump blurt, or a biden coached rehearsed, directed and teleprompted but still stumbling gaffed simple sentence. This election is not about trump or biden, but about how far left, how far commie we want this country to go how soon.

Mike Gomez

Republicans have always been paranoid bunch way back since Joe McCarthy. I still remember their cries of “ a commie behind every tree” and black helicopters. Today’s GOP seems to embrace Russia but are fearful of another Venezuela ,losing Christmas and their guns. Despite the fact that under eight years of Obama, no guns were confiscated;in fact two new favorable gun laws were passed and we have more guns than people. Capitalism is not in jeopardy and the sixth Catholic is about to nominated as a Supreme Court justice.

The anti-Democratic Party comments and letters have a common theme. They don’t mention the COVID-19 response,income inequality or racial strife solutions. They don’t mention healthcare because the GOP doesn’t have a plan to replace the ACA they are trying to strike down on November 10th.

This election like the 2018 mid terms is a referendum on Trump,COVID-19,healthcare, and a different direction since the majority of Americans think we are going in the wrong direction. All the rest is just a deflection campaign away from the real issues.

Mike Gomez

You’re right Glenn Over the whole of his presidency, Kennedy averaged a 70.1 percent approval rating, comfortably the highest of any post-World War II president. By comparison, the average for all presidents between 1938 and 2012 is 54 percent.1, you’re not much of a historian nor do you take the time to do a two minute research before you post.”

Steve Fiedler

ok gomez who cares what was or was not done in 8 yrs of obama. that has absolutely no bearing on now or the future and whatever gun laws were passed then have absolutely nothing to with this upcoming election. the threat of obama is over but new threats are abundant in your squad and all those other fist raisers wanting a big seat at the dem table. i for one do not even bring up covid because to me it is a non issue, certainly to me a non political issue. disease, virus, plagues have always been and always will be a part of this fallen world all of which is under God's divine providence. if you think you or your man or your party or your scientists can control that welcome to humanism. trump cant control it, he never could and biden or hillary or bhussein could not have done anymore any better. frankly i expect the president to be the commander in chief not the disease mitigator in chief . health care was never a big political issue until aca and because of it we now pre-judge a supreme court nominee by what he or she might or might not rule on aca, which is constitutional only because roberts caved and called it a tax. if yall want to make all incomes to be equal, use yours to even it out, dont ask me for mine.

Glenn Wilson

Agreed insofar as Biden is concerned. He's just an otherwise useless placeholder. Trump, however, is very important to the issue of how far left, how commie, how soon, because he, alone, isn't part of any of the agendas driving this country for generations and has been putting sticks in the spokes of those who are. If you doubt that, look how bat-sheite crazy the left has gone since his election, including, IMO, the introduction of COVID-19 to destroy all the considerable good things he had accomplished up to that point. What's a bit concerning is what they'll do next if he's reelected.

Glen or Janice Ullman

Glenn, the real question is what Trump will do next if he is or is not re-elected, he’s a loose cannon that needs to be removed...Glen

Glen or Janice Ullman

Steve, you worry too much about the far left, while the right half of the country is falling off the cliff. This election is about a president that has no respect for where it’s required, and his enablers who accept his lack of it....Glen

Steve Fiedler

glen you worry too much about the far right, while the left half of the country is falling off the cliff. this election is about a president who has no respect for the corrupt power mongers left and right. trump will move on in a few more months or in four more years. pelosi and the like will never move on and if you believe she is a uniter and a compromiser that is blind bias. the entrenched of the right and left will dig deeper holes and fight it out with the newer younger power mongers who think they are revolutionaries with bright new ideas. if i am a trump enabler i will proudly wear that badge and hope to for a few more years.

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